Maryland Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Maryland with the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Maryland is 1,759,438 – at 29.3% of the total population of Maryland.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Maryland? Which cities and towns in Maryland have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Maryland with the largest African American population in 2020:

  1. District Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Glenarden (Homes For Sale)
  3. Bladensburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. New Carrollton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Baltimore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bowie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Cheverly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Greenbelt (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Cambridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What’s the blackest city in Maryland? District Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Maryland for 2020. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Maryland ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the most diverse places in Maryland.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Maryland For 2020

District Heights, MD

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Population: 5,975
% African American: 89.27%
# Of African American Residents: 5,334
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.54%
More on District Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

District Heights is an incorporated city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, located near Maryland Route 4. The population was 5,837 at the 2010 United States Census. For more information, see the separate articles on Forestville, Maryland and Suitland.

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Population: 6,170
% African American: 85.74%
# Of African American Residents: 5,290
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.27%
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Glenarden is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,000 at the 2010 census.

Bladensburg, MD

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Population: 9,397
% African American: 67.21%
# Of African American Residents: 6,316
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.69%
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Bladensburg is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 9,148 at the 2010 census. Areas in Bladensburg have the ZIP code 20710. Bladensburg is 8.6 miles from central Washington, D.C.

New Carrollton, MD

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Population: 12,932
% African American: 63.28%
# Of African American Residents: 8,184
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.32%
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New Carrollton is a city located in central Prince George’s County, Maryland, in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 12,135. New Carrollton is located 12 miles east of central Washington, D.C.

Baltimore, MD

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Population: 614,700
% African American: 61.92%
# Of African American Residents: 380,636
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.16%
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Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.

Bowie, MD

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Population: 58,368
% African American: 51.34%
# Of African American Residents: 29,966
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.45%
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Bowie is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The population was 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George’s County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list.

Laurel, MD

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Population: 25,834
% African American: 49.92%
# Of African American Residents: 12,897
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.7%
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurel is a city in northern Prince George’s County, Maryland, in the United States, located almost midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on the banks of the Patuxent River. Founded as a mill town in the early 19th century, the arrival of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1835 expanded local industry and later enabled the city to become an early commuter town for Washington and Baltimore workers. Largely residential today, the city maintains a historic district centered on its Main Street, highlighting its industrial past.

Cheverly, MD

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Population: 6,452
% African American: 48.34%
# Of African American Residents: 3,119
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.45%
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Cheverly is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., United States. The town was founded in 1918, and it was incorporated in 1931. Cheverly had 6,173 residents as of the 2010 Census.

Greenbelt, MD

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Population: 23,203
% African American: 46.83%
# Of African American Residents: 10,866
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.09%
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Greenbelt is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. Contained within today’s City of Greenbelt is the historic planned community now known locally as “Old Greenbelt” and designated as the Greenbelt Historic District. Greenbelt’s population was 23,068 at the 2010 U.S. Census.

Cambridge, MD

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Population: 12,401
% African American: 46.53%
# Of African American Residents: 5,770
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.08%
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Cambridge is a city in Dorchester County, Maryland, United States. The population was 12,326 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dorchester County and the county’s largest municipality. Cambridge is the fourth most populous city in Maryland’s Eastern Shore region, after Salisbury, Elkton and Easton.

How We Determined The Cities In Maryland With The Largest Black Population For 2020

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Maryland.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2014-2018 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 39 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 89.3% to 0.4%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. District Heights took the distinction of being the most Black, while Thurmont was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Maryland ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Maryland

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Maryland according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Maryland:

  1. Thurmont
  2. Ocean City
  3. Hampstead

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Maryland

Rank City % African American Population
1 District Heights 89.27% 5,975
2 Glenarden 85.74% 6,170
3 Bladensburg 67.21% 9,397
4 New Carrollton 63.28% 12,932
5 Baltimore 61.92% 614,700
6 Bowie 51.34% 58,368
7 Laurel 49.92% 25,834
8 Cheverly 48.34% 6,452
9 Greenbelt 46.83% 23,203
10 Cambridge 46.53% 12,401
11 Mount Rainier 43.13% 8,110
12 Salisbury 41.32% 32,536
13 Takoma Park 34.56% 17,622
14 La Plata 29.28% 9,252
15 Hyattsville 28.77% 18,209
16 Aberdeen 27.02% 15,701
17 Riverdale Park 24.31% 7,219
18 Annapolis 21.46% 39,147
19 Cheste 19.64% 5,113
20 College Park 18.74% 32,183
21 Frederick 18.07% 70,166
22 Gaithersburg 17.29% 67,529
23 Elkton 16.63% 15,675
24 Hagerstown 16.41% 40,186
25 Havre De Grace 15.9% 13,555
26 Frostburg 13.08% 8,626
27 Easton 12.13% 16,551
28 Rockville 10.96% 67,062
29 Westminster 9.04% 18,553
30 Chesapeake Beach 7.11% 5,922
31 Cumberland 6.78% 19,845
32 Brunswick 6.49% 6,193
33 Bel Air 4.7% 10,068
34 Walkersville 4.63% 6,095
35 Taneytown 3.69% 6,774
36 Mount Airy 2.94% 9,395
37 Hampstead 2.05% 6,340
38 Ocean City 1.53% 6,990
39 Thurmont 0.41% 6,563

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2 thoughts on “Maryland Cities With The Largest Black Population, 2020

  1. Wanting more illiterate and violent people in the name of diversity is about as stupid as it gets. The author of this idiotic article is a moron.

  2. The author has provided a valuable perspective on race in Maryland. Knowing that ten significant cities in the state have a substantial Black population underlines the diversity in the state and hopefully a decline in white nationalism. As for the previous comment the most violent people in the country and the state are probably gun loving whites who unfortunately kill themselves as the suicide rates vastly out strip the homicide rates. Go figure.

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